Early this morning during a press conference held at Fort Field in Detroit, Carol Marvin, one of the original producer’s of the now defunct Detroit Electronic Music Festival, announced the brand’s return to the birthplace of techno this coming summer. Not to be confused with Movement, the festival oftentimes fondly referred to as DEMF, Marvin’s festival plans to lay its foundation at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend — directly competing with nearby Wavefront held the same weekend. According to Marvin; “A city like Detroit should arguably have 10 electronic music festivals, and this will be one of them,” noting that the festival will be completely free, much the same way the original was when it began in 2000.
In conjunction with the return of DEMF, a second event is planned at Fort Field that same weekend. The Federation of Electronic Music Technology (FEMT) plans to offer a technologically groundbreaking presentation in association with the Hague that promises to revolutionize the way that electronic music fans experience the genre, combining tech and techno into one complete, sensory-overloading package.
Additionally, Juan Atkins announced that he and Rick Mills would be performing as Cybotron, marking the first time the techno pioneers have ever performed live.
“I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.”
Last weekend, techno fans from around the world descended upon Detroit for three days of inspiring electronic music in the Motor City. There were over 100 artists playing over the course of the holiday weekend, and as always the Internet has birthed a number of these live sets for the enjoyment of everyone, even those unable to be there in person (or in our case, make every single set we wanted to see). If you want to know what it sounded like out there on Hart Plaza, or maybe even if you are thinking about going next year, take a listen below to eight of our favorite sets from the weekend that were caught on tape.
For Day 2 of Movement Electronic Music Festival, Hart Plaza was filled once again with techno nerds and audiophiles from around the world ready to experience the sights and sounds of the best of underground dance music. Detroit has certainly opened its arms to us visitors — everyone from convenience store owners to cab drivers seem to understand why we’re here and heartily suppose the cause. Even those who could not themselves enter the festival scanned the exterior perimeters of the gates, moving to and enjoying the music in any way they could.
It was pleasant and clear for Day 1 of Movement Electronic Music Festival and the techno was ripe for the picking. We entered without hassle, weaved our way through the low maintenance crowds between several of the five stages, and were wowed by how enjoyable a festival experience really can be. Paxahau, now in its 8th year of promoting the event, took care and special attention to space the stages appropriately, control crowds in a realistic way, and generally make attendees feel more like human beings than cattle. The stage locations were interpreted quite literally in some ways, Beatport right by the riverfront, Electric Forest in a grove of trees, and the Underground Stage, well, in an underground parking area.
Heading to Detroit next weekend for Movement Electronic Music Festival? Get in the deep mindset with a promo mix from the very wonderful Laura Jones. 2012 was undoubtedly a break out year for the Leftroom devotee, but 2013 will certainly be her year to shine. She exploded into the public consciousness with “Love In Me,” and since then it’s rumored her DJ set at the opening party for Circoloco in Ibiza stunned an entire energetic main room. Although she’s relatively new to the scene, her depth of knowledge and maturity in production is respectable, almost head-scratchingly amazing at times. No tracklist on this yet, but you can catch her next Monday, on Memorial Day, at the Beatport Stage at Movement for a 1pm set time.
As techno’s finest American festival, Movement Detroit, draws nearer and nearer, the festival continues to pull the tricks out of its proverbial sleeve for excitable fans ready to travel to the genre’s birthplace on Memorial Day Weekend.
Partying in Motor City just got a bit better: Detroit Movement Electronic Music Festival has just announced the second wave of artists for its Memorial Day Weekend techno-leaning festival. Phase 1 gave us Ben Klock, Carl Craig, Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson, Digweed, and Hawtin. Phase 2 kicks off the next round with Brodinski & Gessafelstein, Ellen Allein, Louie Vega, Moodymann, Stacey Pullen and even bassier choices like Paper Diamond, Gramatik, and Griz. No word on whether there is a final phase to be announced, but if you’re already convinced, pick up your tickets here.
(Protip: this festival isn’t going to break the bank — a three-day pass is only $79!)
Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival has revealed the first phase of its 2013 lineup. The techno-focused festival will take place May 25th through May 27th, and brings in some of the biggest names in the underground electronic music world.
So far the artist lineup includes legends Richie Hawtin and John Digweed, rising star George Fitzgerald, Maceo Plex’s infamous techno alias Maetrik, and many more. Movement is a festival that strays from the glitz and glamour and focuses on the music, the vibes, and the people. The festivities take place 24/7 and have plenty of parties that surround the entire Memorial Day weekend. Tickets are on sale at Movement’s website. Click past the break for the official festival teaser trailer. (more…)